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Song of the Thrush

GUEST,Dave Hunt 06 Dec 00 - 05:51 PM
Bert 06 Dec 00 - 06:16 PM
Jimmy C 07 Dec 00 - 12:59 AM
Anglo 07 Dec 00 - 01:17 AM
Crowhugger 07 Dec 00 - 01:26 AM
Tony in Darwin 07 Dec 00 - 06:23 AM
MMario 07 Dec 00 - 08:50 AM
Steve Parkes 07 Dec 00 - 11:07 AM
Bert 07 Dec 00 - 11:25 AM
RoyH (Burl) 07 Dec 00 - 04:07 PM
Dr. Sunshine 07 Dec 00 - 09:23 PM
Steve Parkes 08 Dec 00 - 03:43 AM
GUEST,allen 13 Dec 11 - 03:03 PM
GUEST 13 Dec 11 - 08:40 PM
GUEST 17 Dec 11 - 07:35 PM
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Subject: Song of the Thrush
From: GUEST,Dave Hunt
Date: 06 Dec 00 - 05:51 PM

I'm looking for words to this song....already have part of it:-

Long years ago in the wilds of Australia Out in the goldfields there stood a small camp The miners were made out of all sorts of classes With many a scapegrace and many a scamp.

Into their midst came a young man from England And with him he brought a small thrush in a cage ........?(Then all of the miners would crowd round to listen??) Till that sweet little songster was all of the rage

Chorus.. Then there fell a deep hush. As the song of the thrush, Was heard by that motley throng. Many a rough fellows eyes lit up As the notes rolled out clear and strong. Yes, eyes lighted up with a bright yearning look As this bird trilled his beautiful lay For it bought back in mind dear old England and home Thousands of miles away.

Part of the other verse(s) is ......................? (could be)After a while this bird became famous The miners would come from near and afar For they all preferred to hear that bird sing Then the cards and the dice in the rough liquor bar

Though all of these miners were all sorts of classes The bulk of these men they fair worshiped that bird In the midst of a quarrel they'd stand there and listen When the sweet little..(songster?)..the charmer was heard.

I think that there are more verses, and would be very glad of help in tracing them, and any history of the song. My old friend The late Vic Baker sang it for as long as I can remember, we worked together for over 30 years, and unfortunately I never learnt the song properly!! well...it was _his_ song. Since his very sad death in June99 I would like to sing it in memory of him Many thanks Dave Hunt (aka Dr. Sunshine)


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Bert
Date: 06 Dec 00 - 06:16 PM

My Dad sings this one like this...

Years ago out in the wilds of Australia
Out in the minefields there once stood a camp
The miners were made up of all sorts of classes
many a scapegrace and many a scamp.
When into their midst came a young man from England
and with him he brought a small thrush in a cage,
to hear the bird sing they would flock 'round in dozens.
That dear little songster became quite the rage.

Chorus: There fell a deep hush. As the song of the thrush,
Was heard by that motley throng.
Many a rough fellows eyes grew dim
As the notes rang out clearly and strong.
Eyes lighted up with a bright yearning look
As the bird trilled his beautiful lay
For it bought to their minds dear old England and home
Thousands of miles away.

The miners though rough and fierce looking fellows
were human and idolised, worshipped that bird
in the midst of a quarrel they'd leave off and listen
when the voice of their charmer, their favourite they heard.
That bird from Old England at last got quite famous
To hear it the miners would come from afar
and many declared they preferred the bird's singing
To the card and the dice at the round liquor bar.

Chorus:


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Jimmy C
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 12:59 AM

Bert, Do you have a tune for this ?


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Anglo
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 01:17 AM

There's a version on an old Larrikin LP (I think that's what it is, someone sent me a tape once), a various artists compilation that might have been called something like "Men of the Earth."


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Crowhugger
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 01:26 AM

Yes, a tune would be wonderful, and in some sort of folk tradition, we can fill in the lost/forgotten words with something that makes our own sense of it. Can this be made into "Lyrics add" for the database?

CH.


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Tony in Darwin
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 06:23 AM

These notes from Larrikin 001 "Man of the Earth":

"Song of the Thrush: It was a common practice for British miners to take a caged thrush or canary down into the mine with them 'to test for bad air'.'The song of the thrush' was written in retrospect by George Le Brunn. The pure sentiment expressed in the song is typical of the music hall songs of the mid eighteen hundreds."

Dave de Hugard was to sing the song on this album...he thought it might work better as a poem, so he sang the song through 'just to get the feel of it'. Head Larrikin Warren Fahey tipped a wink to the engineer and the tape rolled as Dave tried the song out, singing softly in a very relaxed, non-performing style. And that's the version that was released, back in 1975.

...as far as I remember !

Tony in Darwin


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: MMario
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 08:50 AM

crowhugger - whenever you see a song that merits attention and it doesn't have a lyric add: title - you can post a link in the "songs you have posted thread" or send Joe-Offer.exe a PM with the link.


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 11:07 AM

Well, well! Phil Neald (aka Big Ernie) used to sing this years ago. He got it from an album of songs clooected from a very old West Country(?) chap, whose name I forget, by Cyril Tawney in the sixties. I'll try and write down the tune for you.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Bert
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 11:25 AM

I'll sing it for you on Mudcat Radio next week.


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 04:07 PM

'Song of the Thrush' can be heard on a fine CD, 'Bob Hart - A Broadside' on Musical Traditions MTCD 301. This is a double CD produced by the Musical Traditions internet magazine edited by musician and traditional music fanatic Rod Stradling. Everyone with an interest in the music of tradition should know this site http://www.mustrad.org.uk/ The late Bob Hart was a fine singer in a clear, understated style, lovely to hear. The cd's contain 46 songs and is real value for money. This is only one of some brilliant recordings put out by the magazine who's stated aim is..."bringing music which might never achieve a commercial publication to the small audience which values it". Check it out - swell their audience.


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Dr. Sunshine
Date: 07 Dec 00 - 09:23 PM

Many thanks to you all for the amazingly prompt replies to my query. I am about to get the Bob Hart CD anyway...didn't know The Song of the Thrush was on it!! I used to hear Bob sing many years ago at sessions in East Anglia...most probably at Blaxhall Ship. Can I also recommend the Musical Traditions site...some wonderful stuff there.Their CD 'Musical Traditions of the 20th Century' contains the entire output of the magazine from its 'paper' and virtual publications 1983-1999 find them at www.mustrad.com Love and sunshine Dave Hunt


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 03:43 AM

Here's the tune:

MIDI file: thrush.mid

Timebase: 192

Name: The song of the thrush
Text: Generated by NoteWorthy Composer
TimeSig: 3/4 24 8
Start
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The song of the thrush
M:3/4
Q:1/4=120
K:C
G6|e2B2c2|d2c2^G2|B2A2E2|B2A4|G2A2G2|f2d2^d2|
e2c2A2|G4G2|e2B2c2|d2c2^G2|B2A2E2|B2A4|G2A2G2|
f2e2d2|A2B2G2|c6|B2c2^c2|d2e2d2|d2A2B2|A2G4|
d2^f2e2|d2c2A2|G2^F2G2|A6|e2B2c2|d2c2^G2|
B2A2E2|B2A4|G2A2G2|f2e2d2|A2B2G2|c4c2|B2A2G2|
c4cd|e2d2A2|d4c2|B2F2G2|B4A2|G6|G2e2e2|e2f2e2|
e4d2|A4Bc|e2d2A2|e4^d2|d6|e2f2e2|d2e2d2|c2d2c2|
B4cB|A2^G2A2|c2d2^d2|e6|-e2G2G2|G2A2B2|c2f2e2|
e2d2A2|d6|c2B2G2|e4d2|c6|-c7/2||



I haven't tried to fit every word exactly, but you shouldn't have much trouble with it. It may be too high (it's in C), so if you haven;'t got the means to transpose it, let me know and I'll do it for you.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: GUEST,allen
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 03:03 PM

i would like to listen to this song


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 08:40 PM

Paul the Stockman has ripped the LP and enabled free download on his blog:

http://australianfolk.blogspot.com/2009/03/warren-fahey-and-others-man-of-earth.html

Cheers, Tony in Darwin


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Subject: RE: Song of the Thrush
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 11 - 07:35 PM

refresh


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